Please, help me come out of this Pastamare!!! (= nightmare of pasta, or if you wanna follow the Italian meaning= sea of pasta).
It's been an interesting and intense year, with some accomplishments I am very proud of, like the LA Music Awards nomination. It's been a year in which I reflected quite a lot, mostly on getting older, or not being that young anymore :-), and letting the uncertainty of life be. I am certainly not fear-free, I am quite a novice at letting things be.
When I recorded my first album "Question Marks" I thought life was about getting somewhere and about accomplishing all I have always wanted. Nothing wrong with wanting that, but my "wanting" was more like "longing for violently"! In fact I was feeling very lost and I wanted to show that I was on "my" path, (like in the picture I used on the CD cover), but I didn't really know where I was going. I was just following a bunch of very intricate emotions. Well, it turns out that after 3 years I still don't know where I am going! The difference now is that I don't care so much about that anymore :-)
...and this is what I have been pondering and writing about during the last year or so. My new songs are about engaging life to its fullest, whatever it may bring or it has brought. And this is what I would like to share with you in my new album. Of course I am gonna do it my way... pasta, sweets and irony are gonna be used, (not) sparingly. I haven't figured out the details yet, but you can expect something funny here and there.
I am also going to resuscitate the Italian in me by recording a couple of Italian tunes (very excited about that!).
I hope you can relate to what my new songs will talk about, and if you can't, I hope they will make you smile, cry or feel anything. :-)
I truly hope you can help me put this new material out there. Without your help I will keep being stuck in a "pastamare". You can read it the way you want... nightmare of pasta, or the Italian version would be "sea of pasta" (mare=sea). Or if you interpret it differently please let me know, I am curious!
I hope this new year will bring us all more wisdom, cascades of smiles and some amazing experiences! I also hope you will keep pursuing what you want by doing it step by step by step by step by step by step!
I wish you much, much happiness and health!
Much love to all!
Pastamare video credits:
Min Lee- Director
Veronica Chavira- assistant and pasta undertaker
Giulio Carmassi- music composer
Élena Degl'Innocenti- the weirdo who thought about this
P.S. "Pastamare" is not necessarily gonna be the album title! Yes, I just wanted to be stupid.
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Adesso la traduzione (a modo mio), PER VOI MITICI ITALIANI!
Ciao a tutti,
Questo e' stato un anno intenso ed interessante allo stesso tempo. Sono molte le cose di cui essere orgogliosa... una per tutte, la nomination ai Los Angeles Music Awards. E' stato anche un anno in cui ho riflettuto, o almeno ho sentito la necessita' di riflettere molto sul non essere piu' cosi' tanto giovane... e sul lasciare gli enigmi e le incertezze della vita essere enigmi e incertezze, senza lottare contro di essi la stragrande maggioranza del tempo. La vita e' bellissima, ma e' anche un grande e costante punto interrogativo. Ogni singola mattina mi sveglio con un unica certezza: che non ho idea di cosa accadra' domani, ma che continuero' a fare cio' che posso e voglio al meglio delle mie capacita' e possibilita'! Se il domani e' un icognita, mi sono detta, l'unica cosa che posso fare e' vivere l'enigma e alla grande! :-)
Queste sono un po' le tematiche che sto esplorando nelle mie nuove canzoni, e mi piacerebbe molto poterle registrare al piu' presto. Naturalmente lo faro' utilizzando i miei ingredienti preferiti, un po' di pasta, dolci, un po' di ironia e, (rullo di tamburi), e' arrivato il momento di registrare un paio di pezzi in Italiano! Finalmente resuscitero' l'Italiana che e' in me, haha!
Ad ogni modo spero davvero che possiate aiutarmi, qualunque somma sara' veramente un grossissimo contributo e ve ne saro' grata per sempre!
Senza il vostro aiuto potrei rimanere a lungo in questo "incubo di pasta" (pastamare=pasta nightmare) o potete anche leggerlo come mare di pasta?... come volete voi!
Spero che il 2011 possa portare a tutti felicita', saggezza e salute! E vi prego, non smettete di credere nella possibilita' di fare cio' che desiderate anche se non lo state facendo in questo momento o non vedete risultati tangibili. Il mio suggerimento, e cio' che desidero per tutti voi e per me stessa, e' di continuare a crederci facendo cio' che desiderate passo dopo passo dopo passo dopo passo dopo passo dopo passo :-)
Buon anno a tutti!
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Ok. So let's see... you get the album, the secret, the recipes, the video AND you are invited to come and see the album recording session. It's going to be in Ny, so if you are not there or planning to be there you can Skype! Or i can record a Video of the recording session "backstage" and send it to you. You will also get a credit on my album as one of the executive producers.
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You are my true hero! Beside the album, recipes and video of a song of your choice, my band and I (or less than a band?) will come to your house or wherever you want and cook one of my special pasta dishes AND PLAY A CONCERT in your honor!!!! You will also get a credit on my album as one of the executive producers. (Exception: if you don't live in LA or in Italy i won't be able to come to you very easily, unless i have a show in your town. So let's play it by ear, i am sure we can plan this concert at some point!)
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